Image: Indonesian Textile E66091A
This Ikat Adat or traditional ikat is a women’s sarong. It was made in 1970 in Harobala village in the mountains of West Flores. This area is now predominantly Christian. The design, however, is associated with the ancient Hindu religious figures prominent in the past. The semi-swastika design, which represents the sun's rays, is associated with the Hindu god Visnu, and is also found on the walls and gates of the adat - traditional houses of the area.
Sarong is a word adopted from Malay and it describes a large tube or sheet of fabric wrapped around the waist as an equivalent of a skirt, commonly used in South East Asia.
- Luisa Garfoot
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